EYCK, Jan van
(b. before 1395, Maaseik, d. before 1441, Bruges)

The Ghent Altarpiece: Eve (detail)

Oil on wood
Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent

There is a passionate interest in facial expression and in character, an instance of this is the difference in treatment between the supernatural figures (God the Father and the Virgin) and those of Adam and Eve who appear as figures from another world, physically as well as spiritually.